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Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker (eARC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Wendy Walker is a very popular and widely enjoyed mystery/thriller writer that I had never read from before. I believe her previous publication was a YA mystery, which I don’t typically read. However, when I heard about Walker’s newest novel, Don’t Look For Me, I immediately knew I wanted to give it a try. And after I got approved for it on Netgalley, I picked it up on my Kindle right away!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn’t want to be found.
Or at least, that’s the story.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

You know that fulfilled feeling you get after you have just finished a great book? That’s how I felt after reading this one! I have not read a mystery/thriller recently that shocked me like this one did, and I was so incredibly impressed by practically every aspect of this novel.

While this book is obviously very plot driven, the characters are very important in the story. Nicole, the daughter of Molly – the women who “walked away” from her family, is the main and most important character in this story. The plot follows her footsteps, as she is the key in deciding how the story will unfold. Her character was written so well, and she makes huge strides and develops a crazy amount in this novel. I also really enjoyed most of the other important side characters. There were quite a few of them to keep track, but that could have been because I was reading this novel alongside another one, which is something I rarely ever do.

Like I mentioned earlier, the plot twists in this book shocked me. I have not read a book in recent memory that boggled my mind like this one did. The twists and turns in this book were so well crafted and so unexpected, yet, they all made perfect sense in the end. Nothing seemed unrealistic, which is something I take into consideration when reading and reviewing thrillers. There was a point near the 70% mark of this novel where I sat right up in my bed when reading this, simply because I could not fathom one of the twists!

The writing in this novel is really fantastic and unique. The story is written in two perspectives, the perspective of Molly and her daughter, Nicole. Molly’s perspective is in first-person, while Nicole’s is written in third-person. This change in writing style was subtle, but made perfect sense once the story reached the last few scenes. I was never confused by the writing style, and appreciated how distinctive each perspective read.

Overall, I loved every aspect of this novel, and gave it 5/5 stars. If you consider yourself a well-read thriller reader, I would highly recommend this one, as nothing was easy to predict!

Good Night Book Owls!

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